Hotel Monopol: In a classic hotel
We ate here to actually get to see the inside of this beautiful old hotel (see separate tip). This was rather an expensive mistake as I am sure we could have walked in from the street - taken some photos of the beautiful interior and then walked out again.
Once through the lounge and the hotel becomes quite plain and the food is just as plain. This is a buffet restaurant catering to its UK, German and Spanish residents with what they will all presumably like. The food was all prepared and in hot dishes from where you served yourself.
The room is from the 1960s and a bit like a Margate guest house dining room (if you know what a Margate guest house dining room looks like!). The head waiter was very friendly and welcoming and one of the nicest people we met in the town.
Favorite Dish: Starters were soup, salads and mains were chicken pieces in a light batter with vegetables and some pasta dishes. Not very adventurous but obviously the hotel puts on what its residents want.
Quality OK but would not return.
40é for two including a bottle of Matheus Rose and coffee and deserts.
Cafe de Paris: Elegance on the promenade
This is a large café with seating inside and out. Based loosely on I guess an actual Paris cafe I would imagine this is a good interpretation of one. Sadly as with so many other establishments across Europe at the moment, the ballroom is closed off and there is just a small dance floor in front of the entertainers. Its worth going by the way just to hear the amazing trumpet player.
Now its not everyone's cup of tea - the music is a mix (I think) of Spanish and German 1970s style music with the odd American/English standard thrown in and old style dancing is clearly quite popular with people as young as 40 from these countries , whereas in England it is a forgotten pastime. Its possibly a bit cheesy if you are from England.
However the food is good - its open from breakfast until midnight and caters for all - you can have a simple drink to a champagne breakfast.We sat away from the main café and people watched on the broad promenade. Great shop inside too selling cakes, chocolates and bread. Amazingly good prices for the high standard of fayre.
Cafe Royal: Popular with UK ex pats
One of the best cafes in the town and this is quite an elegant café in the new town with outside tables on a wide pavement.
This seems to be the place where ex-pats from the UK gathered and we listened in on conservations about how sausage rolls were dreadfully missed and custard.
The café is clean and the toilets OK but as with all the toilets in most cafes not as good as in the UK. No hand drying facility for example.
However the staff are friendly and speak good English - there is an English waitress here too. And the best cup of English tea in town too.
Favorite Dish: We only had drinks and cakes here but the meals seemed to be good value and the club sandwich is apparently legendary.
Pasteleria Conditrei: Best for coffee and ice cream
I have no idea what the real name of this café is - I have taken the title above from my photograph but it deserves a mention here.
It is situated on the precinct just before the Monopole Hotel and has seats inside but also outside and also under the trees on the other side of the walk way. The cakes and ice creams here are some of the best in the town and the prices very reasonable. The staff speak good English and are very affable to people purchasing things here.
Unfortunately the toilets are not good (common here) and although reasonably clean never had soap or hand drying facilities.
Bambi: The best restaurant in town
This is small restaurant between the old and new towns that has to be found - it is the best restaurant I have eaten in in 2013 to date.
A Rumanian man and his wife run the restaurant - she cooks and he is the host. And a perfect host too - attentive and helpful. We had never had Rumanian food before and with my dislike of peppers we relied on his help to choose from the menu.
The bill came to a reasonable 56é and that included a good wine and coffee.
The restaurant has a large open front and a small bar on its right. Inside it is quite intimate and is the best restaurant in a town of mainly standard Italian restaurants.
Good standard in the toilets and the whole restaurant has a nice ambience.
Favorite Dish: Our starters, to share, where stuffed large mushrooms and giant king prawns in garlic with bread rolls. Main courses were a pork dish and a beef dish. Beautifully cooked and presented - this is a restaurant others should be judged by.
La Coronela: Relaxing Bar/Restaurant by the Beach
There must have been something good about La Coronela because I ate there twice! It is a curious building with a grass roof, overlooking the crashing surf of Playa Martianez.
La Coronela has several identities. In the evening it seems to be mainly a cocktail bar, while during the day it serves drinks and a wide range of good value food. I had a pleasant 4 euro tortilla on my first visit and, for my second meal, some fried sea bass with russian salad. There seemed to be a variety of nationalities eating/drinking there, generally relaxing in the shade of the sun umbrellas.
Its a pleasant place to people-watch. Next door is a Surf School and sometimes you can watch the bronzed newbie surfers warming up in a long line on the black sandy beach!
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the lemon tree: a taste of scotland
avid sweats in the kitchen whilst front of house katy runs an immaculate British breakfast to teatime cafe. i have never had a better home made omelette, the apple betty is out of this world and the sunshine pours down.They have a well stocked library and english newspapers are always available.
They seem to attract all the beautiful people and its not only a nice place to eat but also to hang out
Favorite Dish: the apple betty. but everything is so fresh you wont be dissappointed and its reasonable.
Rancho Grande: Great Cakes
This is not the only cake shop in Puerto de la Cruz but it was my favourite. Every time we walked past it we were tempted to look at the lovely selection od cakes that they had on display, planning what to have later on (or maybe immediately!). being so nice and so popular it does tend to run out of cake early into the evening (8pm or so) so if you want cake after that you'd maybe end up at one of the other cake places. These are good too, just not quite as good as Rancho Grande!
Favorite Dish: Cakes! I prefer the style that have lots of fruit in and on them, as shown in the pictures. Very tasty.
La Guapa: Canarian Cooking
We always head here when we want some good Canarian food in Puerto de la Cruz. They do a variety of stuff that we can eat, mainy what might be deemed as tapas but isn't billed as such. On occasion we've had fried La Palma cheese with honey & nuts and mojo, wrinked potatoes (again with mojo), spanish omlette and manchego cheese. All of it was delicious, and its position on the main street makes it ideal for people watching.
Favorite Dish: See above!
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